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Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 22, 1920
Date Finished: August 25, 1920

Gold: USA Norman Ross
Silver: CAN George Vernot
Bronze: AUS Frank Beaurepaire
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The world and Olympic record of 22:00.0 had been set at the 1912 Olympics by the Canadian gold medalist, George Hodgson. Hodgson competed in Antwerp, but finished last in the first semi-final and did not qualify for the final. In the Antwerp final, Hodgson’s countryman, George Vernot, led for the first half of the race before Norman Ross took the lead for good at 900 metres. Ross then gradually pulled away to a comfortable victory. In addition to his gold medal, Ross was awarded possession of the Challenge Prize that had been donated by the Italian IOC Member, Count Brunetta d’Usseaux.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Norman Ross 23 United States USA Gold
2 George Vernot 19 Canada CAN Silver
3 Frank Beaurepaire 28 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Fred Kahele United States USA
5 Eugene Bolden 20 United States USA
3 h2 r2/3 Harold Annison 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Arne Borg 18 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r2/3 Ludy Langer 27 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 George Hodgson 26 Canada CAN
5 h2 r2/3 Percy Peter 18 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 Paul De Backer 37 Belgium BEL
3 h2 r1/3 Cor Zegger 23 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r1/3 Gilio Bisagno 18 Italy ITA
3 h4 r1/3 Frans Möller 23 Sweden SWE
3 h5 r1/3 Jack Hatfield 26 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/3 Antonio Quarantotto Italy ITA
4 h3 r1/3 Hans Drexler Switzerland SUI
4 h4 r1/3 Joaquín Cuadrada 26 Spain ESP
5 h2 r1/3 Alois Hrašek Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h3 r1/3 Emanuel Prüll Czechoslovakia TCH
AC h1 r1/3 Henry Taylor 35 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC h1 r1/3 René Ricolfi-Doria 18 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC h5 r1/3 Pierre Lavraie France FRA DNF